Payback for Glenn Davis deal?

Roch Kubatko's Rant

January 19, 2008|By ROCH KUBATKO

Back in 2005, federal authorities asked Orioles shortstop Miguel Tejada whether he ever took steroids, androstenedione or any other steroid precursor, and he said, "No." They asked whether he was aware of any discussions among other players about steroids, and he replied, "No, I never heard."

Really? Not to imply that Tejada was lying - that's for the FBI to determine in an investigation that began this week - but it's hard to believe he wasn't privy to a conversation or two pertaining to the drug. That's like saying nobody in the clubhouse ever broached the subject of sex or bars. It's part of the vernacular.

Did Tejada cover his ears and race to the other end of the room? I saw enough of Tejada last season to know he doesn't have that kind of range.

Meanwhile, the baseball gods must be exacting a little revenge on the Houston Astros for trading Glenn Davis to the Orioles before the 1991 season. The Orioles handed over Curt Schilling, Pete Harnisch and Steve Finley for the perpetually injured and cranky Davis - and nobody stuck a gun in their ribs. Fans here still haven't gotten over it.

Now the Astros are left to wonder whether relinquishing five players for Tejada, including highly regarded pitching prospects Troy Patton and Matt Albers, will haunt them just as much. Or perhaps even more.

At least Davis was assured of stepping on the field for his new team. The Astros don't know what's going to happen to Tejada, who could face a maximum five-year prison term if the Justice Department brings a case and he is convicted of knowingly making materially false statements.

In Davis' case, the Orioles had to deal only with a fragile body and false hopes.

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